Summer 2017 Intern, USAW
Jaclyn grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. At an early age, she fell in love with team sports and participated in soccer and basketball. She was also actively involved with Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art, all through childhood, until she left for the U.S. Marine Corps two weeks after graduating high school. Jaclyn attended bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina, followed by Marine Corps Combat Training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, and Military Police School at Fort McClellan, Alabama. She was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for her initial four years on active duty. While stationed in North Carolina, Jaclyn was introduced to rugby and was quickly hooked. She played with the Camp Lejeune Misfits for her duration there.
Jaclyn left active duty in 2001, and slowly trickled her way down the East Coast. She lived and worked in Fort Myers, Florida as a personal trainer and front desk attendant at Gold’s Gym from 2002 - 2005. Jaclyn found the local rugby team, the Naples Lady Hammerheads, and played with them for several years. Eventually she desired a faster paced environment and moved to Miami at the end of 2005, where she worked as a personal trainer at the South Miami LA Fitness. It was not long until her skills and motivation led her to an Assistant Trainer Manager positon, where she supervised the personal training team at LA Fitness.
At the end of 2005, Jaclyn felt the call of duty yet again and joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. She took the oath of service in February 2006 and began drilling with a Motor Transportation unit in Orlando, Florida. Jaclyn began a series of deployments overseas from 2006 - 2014. In between deployments she worked for 24 Hour Fitness in Coconut Grove, Miami as a personal trainer. From August 2011 to July 2014, Jaclyn was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. She sought out and played rugby with the local German team, where she eventually became an Assistant Coach on occasion and led training practices. She also performed head coach duties, when the two primary coaches were unavailable.
Jaclyn moved back to the United States in 2014 when her military orders ended and enrolled in the Exercise Science program at Florida Atlantic University, in order to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Focusing on becoming a strength and conditioning coach, she interned with the strength and conditioning staff at FAU. She volunteered from April through August 2016, which provided her exposure to D1 athletes. Jaclyn worked with football, women’s basketball, and volleyball.
Jaclyn’s certifications include the USAW Sports Performance Coach, CPR/AED, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1), and she is currently pursuing the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) personal trainer certification.